Router Table

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Project by MactheKnife posted 04-15-2013 08:07 AM 3219 views 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a router table with a lift I built for my new workshop. I find a router table to be immensely useful and my previous version only had a car jack as a lift, this one has a screw powered horizontal slide that drives the router vertically. Skate board bearings transfer the horizontal movement to vertical, and the guide rods that came with the router act as vertical guides. I put the idea together from a few designs I saw and drew it up on sketchup before building it.
The bench is 2inch pine with a 3mm ply top. The router is contained underneath the bench in a sound proof box of 18mm MDF with rubber sound matt glued to the inside to deflect the sound a bit more. Its really quiet in operation. I have installed a dimmer type switch as a start stop switch, it works fine with the old Black & Decker router I am using here. It also allows me to “soft start” the router as this one goes from 0-35000 rpm instantly and loudly with no load! it also wouldn’t have a speed control otherwise. A useful feature my hand held router has.
The router box is mounted to the bench with 3 bolts, these fit into captive nuts I salvaged from a crate. This enables the router to be adjusted for perfect router alignment and the whole unit to be removed if required. The holes for the bolts are filled with turned oak inserts (these will lift out).

The insert is 3mm ply as a base with a 5mm perspex face. There is another insert with a smaller hole for smaller router bits too. When not in use a blanking plate is fitted.

One turn of the handle equals 1mm in vertical movement, there is a travel lock fitted (the M8 round head bolt).

Dust extraction and a router fence to be made next!

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#1 posted 04-16-2013 01:17 AM

Can’t imagine why no one has commented on this way cool build. I like it. The lift looks inspired.

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#2 posted 04-16-2013 07:19 AM

I agree, great build that’s a fact. Keep at it.

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#3 posted 04-17-2013 03:29 PM

What a great design. I’m surprised more people haven’t seen this/commented.

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#4 posted 07-16-2013 07:16 PM

Very nice. Do you have dust collection?

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#5 posted 07-16-2013 09:17 PM

No it doesn’t. I intended to put in two ports, but I’m rebuilding the table and reinstalling the router lift. I’ll post it up soon!

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